Robert Joseph Modrzejewski
Robert Joseph Modrzejewski was born on July 3, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He graduated from Milwaukee's Casimir Pulaski High School in 1953.
He attended Wisconsin State Teachers College prior to entering the University of Wisconsinâ€"Milwaukee, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1957.
While at the University of Wisconsin, he was a member of the Platoon Leaders Class and upon graduation, was commissioned a Marine Corps Reserves Second Lieutenant in June 1957.
was integrated into the Regular Marine Corps
in May 1960.
saw a three-year tour of duty as Assistant Officer in Charge, Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Cincinnati, Ohio.
In May 1965, he returned to the Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, Virginia, and served as Executive Officer, Company E, Officers Candidates Schools, until August 1965, then attended the Amphibious Warfare School, completing the course in February 1966.
Ordered to the West Coast, then to the Republic of Vietnam, he
assumed duty as Commanding Officer
of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines
, 3rd Marine Division.
It was during this period, during Operation Hastings
, that he
distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty â€" for which he
was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Captain Modrzejewski later served as Battalion S-3 and Company Commander until December 1966, then became Command Operations Center Watch Officer with Headquarters Company, 3rd Marine Division, FMF, until May 1967.
was promoted to Major in January 1967.
return to the United States in June 1967, he
was assigned to the U.S.
in Annapolis, Maryland, as Commanding Officer
of the Marine Barracks
In January 1970, he
entered the Armed Forces Staff College
, Norfolk, Virginia, and completed the course the following June.
then reported to Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe, Hawaii, for duty with Headquarters and Service Company
, First Marine Brigade.
In 1976, Modrzejewki earned his
Master's degree in Education from Pepperdine University
in Los Angeles, California.
Colonel Modrzejewski retired from the Marine Corps in August 1986.
wife, Diane, reside in the San Diego area.
Major (then Captain) Modrzejewski
men in the successful seizure of the enemy redoubt, which contained large quantities of ammunition and supplies.